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BSA Welcomes the Agreement on Free Flow of Data Regulation

Brussels, 20 June 2018 – BSA | The Software Alliance congratulates the EU institutions for the political agreement reached on the Free Flow of Data Regulation, and for the swiftness in reaching this important result.

In achieving the ambitious objective of ensuring that data sets composed of both personal and non-personal data are properly addressed, without prejudice to the General Data Protection Regulation, the negotiators have provided for a coherent and cohesive set of rules.

BSA also commends the inclusion in the scope of the public sector, and in particular public procurement as well as the balanced approach taken with regards to public security exceptions in the text, ensuring that the Regulation complies with the established jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice and the Treaties.

“This is a significant step towards a well-regulated and comprehensive EU Dataspace” says Thomas Boué, Director General, Policy – EMEA “Data flows are a cornerstone in the development of the Digital Single Market, and the Regulation achieves the complex result of fostering competition, safeguarding data protection and involving all stakeholders in developing future codes of conduct. The Regulation will also constitute an important reference for the EU in the global context of data flows, in particular for future international trade agreements.”


BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.


Michael O’Brien

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